Electrocution of Fitter During Welding Repair – Investigation Report

On January 2010, the Hong Kong registered general cargo vessel Suntec departed the port of Huangpu, China after loading 19 300 tonnes of river sand to be discharged at the port of Keelung, Taiwan. On the next morning the deck fitter was assigned to carry out electric arc welding repair on the bulwark on the main deck at the port side near a cargo hold. While the fitter was carrying out the welding repair, seawater suddenly rushed up the deck through the opening between the deck and the bulwark plate and dampened his body. He screamed after suffering from electric shock and fell unconscious on the deck.

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